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SeaChange promotes Patibanda to CTO

April 3, 2014 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Patibanda had been general manager of SeaChange's Silicon Valley-based In-Home business, and will continue to do so, the company said. That operation is responsible for the creation and delivery of the SeaChange Nucleus video gateway software.

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Digital Rapids to market support for MPEG-DASH, UltraViolet

April 3, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said it is preparing to release a set of new software components and updates to its Transcode Manager 2 automated file-based media processing software and its underlying Kayak workflow platform that will enable those capabilities. Digital Rapids has been testing the options in beta with some customers, and is now ready to commercialize them.

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TWCBC offers service to manage Cisco routers

April 3, 2014 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

By partnering with Cisco on the MRS program, TWCBC can offer its subscribers managed services for WAN connectivity, security and other services and technologies.  TWCBC assumes responsibility for provisioning, configuration, change management, monitoring and remote operations of a customer’s Internet and wide area network services.

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Amazon introduces FireTV its own streaming video box

April 2, 2014 8:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amazon Fire TV is joining an increasingly crowded market for OTT set-tops, all offering access to pretty much the same set of services and apps, such as Netflix, Pandora, and Amazon's own Amazon Prime streaming service. The Fire TV arrives with a $99 price tag, the same at the AppleTV, and the most expensive Roku box.

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Verizon FiOS rolling out new 6-tuner DVR

April 2, 2014 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

FiOS Quantum TV is now available to customers in North Texas and Harrisburg, Pa. Verizon will roll out the service through the rest of its footprint in phases over the next few months. The DVR Verizon is using, which it calls the Video Media Server, is manufactured by Arris. The company is offering a double-DVR option. 

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GSA approves Comcast for Ethernet services

April 2, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast Business has established an important road into the vast government market, having just scored a Schedule 70 contract with the General Services Administration (GSA), which enables the Company to sell directly to federal, state and local government customers.

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Samsung launches smart home services

April 2, 2014 1:09 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Users can register for the Samsung Smart Home app with their Samsung Account. For smartphones, the app can be downloaded from the Samsung Apps store and Google Play.  The company promises a separate app for Samsung Gear 2 powered by Tizen and the app for Samsung’s 2014 Smart TV models will be available in April.

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Envivio streaming HD sports to AppleTVs

April 2, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Envivio announced that it is powering premium live HD sports channels on Apple TV for a European Tier 1 service provider. The content is being compressed using Envivio’s Muse Live encoders, protected using a new encryption mode by Envivio Halo network media processors, and delivered to Apple TVs.

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Imagine brings sales-billing tool to the cloud

April 2, 2014 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

LandmarkOSI 8.0 integrates sales, CRM, traffic, and billing. With this version, the tool is now powered by MediaCentral, the company’s IP-based framework for migrating and optimizing media and playout functionality to a virtualized cloud environment. MediaCentral uses Microsoft’s Azure cloud service.

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Microsoft vows app-like update schedule for Windows 8

April 1, 2014 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The software company is following through on a promise to update its Windows 8 operating system on a regular basis to respond to consumers' complaints and other feedback. Just months after the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is preparing changes to make it easier for people to use Windows with traditional keyboard and mouse controls.

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Sprint, T-Mobile caution FCC on AT&T all-IP trials

April 1, 2014 1:57 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile are calling into question AT&T's recently approved IP-network trials in Florida and Alabama, saying the initiative is holding back the rest of the industry's move to develop cross-carrier IP interconnections. "AT&T’s proposed experiment is putting the cart before the horse," Sprint wrote...

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Exfo intros second-generation multi-mode tester

April 1, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FTB-2 Pro supports up to two 1-slot modules simultaneously such as a combination of Ethernet and OTDR modules. It also supports spectral and multi-layer testing. The platform has the necessary power for high speed, high performance testing, the company said.

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Viacom blacked out on Cable One

April 1, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In the middle of a standoff on carriage fees, the cable operator has removed its Viacom lineup. Cable One is threatening to just let the Viacom channels go. The company noted that its customers have been requesting other channels, including BBC America, Sprout, The Blaze, Hallmark Channel, National Geographic, Investigation Discovery, TV One, Sundance and others.

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Akamai works with Aspera to accelerate file transfer

April 1, 2014 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Aspera Upload Acceleration option integrates Aspera’s FASP transfer technology directly into Akamai’s NetStorage cloud-based online storage platform. The integrated system will significantly increase upload transfer speeds, with no need for customers to re-architect the workflow or build custom API calls.

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U.S. Supreme Court could limit software patents

March 31, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry? The Supreme Court is wrestling with that question, and the outcome could send tremors through an industry that touches virtually every sector of the economy, from gadgets on smart phones to advances in anti-lock brakes.

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